Book Review: Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada

In his Philosophical Dictionary, Voltaire distinguished between history and fable. The former, he said, is “the recital of facts represented as true” whereas fable is “the recital of facts of facts represented as fiction.” In terms of historiography, that is a fair distinction. In terms of grasping history, though, fiction may be as effective as […]

June Bibliolust

This month’s list is a little skewed. That’s because I came across most of the books in May but, as things worked out, they were on sale or available now from the library or publicity person. So I’ve already read a couple on them. That doesn’t negate the lust that existed though.

Hellhound on His […]

Booking Through Thursday: An author you should read

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s […]

Best of 2009 — Books

Although people are sick of “best of” lists by now, especially when you throw in “best of the decade” lists, I always wait until the end of the year before posting my favorite books of the year. Given that I tend to do a lot of reading over the holidays, I fear that if I […]

Book Review: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

It’s what every reader longs for but experiences all too rarely. Just a few pages into a book and you realize there’s something special in your hands. German author Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone is just such a book. And what makes it perhaps that much more remarkable is that it is now being […]